An indefatigable feminist group in Israel, which fights for women to have equal access to Judaism's sacred spaces, had another confrontation with the country's ultra-Orthodox community on Monday, when Women of the Wall's bus ads were defaced. (And boy, are those buses dirty!)
With Governor Scott Walker locked in a tight race for reelection, what the state's Republicans really needed was someone from out of town to insult the electorate in front of a local newspaper. Enter RNC co-chair Sharon Day: "It's not going to be an easy election, it's a close election. Like I said, much closer than I can even understand why," she told a crowd at a GOP field office, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I don't want to say anything about your Wisconsin voters but, some of them might not be as sharp as a knife." Day, as the Hill notes, "was born in Texas, and has lived in Florida for decades," so she knows from sharp electorates. The RNC is lucky to have her around at crunch time.
While the U.S. is closely monitoring all arrivals from west Africa, east Africa is closely monitoring all arrivals from the U.S. According to the American Embassy in Rwanda, "On October 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health introduced new Ebola Virus Disease screening requirements. Visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the last 22 days are now required to report their medical condition — regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms of Ebola," the AP reports. Rwanda, which has no reported cases of the virus, may be wasting its time — the U.S. still only has three connected cases — but New Jersey started it.
Every day, James Tully walks the five miles along wooded Pennsylvania roads to and from work. The four-hour round trip can be grueling, but it's gotten a lot worse ever since Eric Frein, the survivalist fugitive who's been on the run since shooting two cops and killing one, invaded the area.
Some American airdrops to Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in the Syrian border town of Kobani may have gone a little off- course, because the terrorist group is now claiming that a few of the parachutes landed right at its feet.
It must be pretty darn scary to have narcolepsy, at least judging by the way it looks in this video, in which a young woman accidentally catches her own narcoleptic sleep attack on camera. The YouTube clip was published in July, but is just now achieving viral status thanks to a post on Reddit over the weekend.
Canadian police discovered the remains of what they believe to be three or four infants in a storage locker at a Winnipeg U-Haul facility, according to the AP. Owing to the various states of decomposition, authorities were unable to determine the exact number of victims or their age range. A police spokesperson called the discovery "very disturbing" and "tragic beyond belief."
Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held captive in North Korea, is on his way home. Fowle was detained in May after leaving a bilingual bible in his hotel room (or in a nightclub, or in a restaurant bathroom, depending on the source, because this is North Korea). The 59-year-old was charged with "anti-state crimes."
While the stay-at-home dad agreed to an interview with Politico, "two subjects remained firmly off limits: the role of Weiner's wife's in a possible Hillary Clinton presidential bid" — he's screwed that one up before — "and whether he’s still messaging women." (That too.) As for fatherhood, Weiner says he's been "trying to do anything I can to help be a good house-husband," but "I got the birds and the bees I gotta worry about."
Today, Google announced it was leading a massive, $542 million investment round in a Florida-based start-up called Magic Leap, which makes "augmented reality" projects such as an "eyeglasses-like device, different from Google Glass, designed to project computer-generated images over a real-life setting." It's a fairly routine investment, as these things go — Facebook already bought VR pioneer Oculus, making Google's Magic Leap stake more of a catch-up than a trailblazer — but it represents Google's willingness to invest in fringe technologies that may, someday, move to the mainstream.
It also represents Google's willingness to gamble on Magic Leap founder and CEO Rony Abovitz, who is an eccentric even by Silicon Valley standards.